USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Performance Indicator Targets

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Guidance Note

Year

2023

USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Performance Indicator Targets

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Technical Guidance Document

Year

2023

Abstract:

Performance indicators and their targets play a critical role in successful implementation, adaptive management, and maximizing performance of development programs. A target is defined by USAID as “a specific, planned level of a result to be achieved within a specific timeframe with a given level of resources.” This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note walks readers through RFS good practice examples to facilitate better target setting during the Activity MEL Plan development process and activity implementation. It also provides some guidance on how to adjust targets during implementation and helpful tips for setting performance indicator targets.

Description:

RFS Good Practice MEL Notes aim to highlight examples of strong Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) practices across the central portfolio of activities managed by USAID’s Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS). These notes complement USAID’s agency-wide MEL guidance with concrete examples of how RFS is integrating MEL elements into its investments. The primary audiences for these notes are RFS Implementing Partners (IPs), A/CORs, and RFS MEL Specialists. While IPs typically develop Activity MEL Plans, RFS hopes these notes will encourage enhanced A/COR and RFS MEL Specialist engagement and collaboration throughout the Program Cycle.

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